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Why Boys Should Not Join the Boy Scouts

Published June 1911

Why Boys Should Not Join the "Boy Scouts"
by Celia Rosatstein
Published in The Young Socialists' Magazine [New York], vol. 4, no. 6 (June 1911), pg. 12.

The decade of the 1910s was marked by an ideological struggle for the hearts and minds of children, pitting on the one side the paramilitary Boy Scouts of America and on the other the radical anti-militarists of the Socialist Sunday School movement.
This article from Young Socialists Magazine -- produced by the publishers of the socialist German daily New Yorker Volkszeitung -- makes the plea for SSS boys to reject the appeals of the Boy Scouts movement.
Rosatstein writes: "Do not join the scouts. You will be taught to stand up for your master, to respect your master, to obey your master, and in case of a strike to shoot to kill. They will teach you that the workers are fools; that they donât know what they are talking about when they want their rights. And when your parents who had struggled hard to support you that you may grow up to be good and healthy men, rise up and still struggle that you and your brothers and sisters may live in plenty, you, being on the side of the capitalists, will crush them. And yet you want to join an army where you will be taught to do the same."

Published in the USA prior to 1923, public domain.
Edited by Tim Davenport. Uploaded by him to in February 2014.
Published by 1000 Flowers Publishing, Corvallis, OR, Feb. 2014.
Non-commercial reproduction permitted.

Publisher 1000 Flowers Publishing
Year 1911
Language English
Book contributor Tim Davenport ("Carrite")
Collection folkscanomy_politics; folkscanomy; additional_collections


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